Sportsnet announces World Cup of Hockey broadcast team

The NHL and NHLPA are hoping to not just make the World Cup of Hockey into a spectacle, but to also utilize new technologies to make the event more interactive for fans and the general public.

Sportsnet has announced its broadcast team for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sportsnet will deliver 12 pre-tournament games (starting Sept. 8), as well as all 17 tournament matchups – round robin through to championship final – live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

“Canadians are passionate about hockey, and with an international tournament of this calibre featuring the greatest players in the world, their passion will be at an all-time high,” said Rob Corte, Vice President, Sportsnet & NHL Production. “Our team will capture all the emotion, skill and excitement from this special event and create a best-in-class broadcast experience.”

Sportsnet’s television and radio broadcast teams for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 include:

Main Tournament TV Coverage

  • Ron MacLean hosts Sportsnet’s coverage of the World Cup of Hockey live from the Air Canada Centre, alongside analysts Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos
  • Jim Hughson calls the play-by-play alongside game analyst Craig Simpson
  • Scott Oake reports from rinkside
  • David Amber, the newest host of Hockey Night in Canada, provides exclusive features
  • Don Cherry, Coach’s Corner – the Canadian icon will give his can’t-miss analysis during the first intermission of every Team Canada game, as well as the semifinals and finals
  • Main Tournament Radio Coverage

  • Dan Dunleavy, the radio voice of the Buffalo Sabres, calls play-by-play for prime-time round robin games, semifinals and finals on the Sportsnet Radio Network. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Sam Cosentino
  • Gord Stellick hosts the two-week tournament for the Sportsnet Radio Network with analyst and former NHLer Todd Hlushko
  • Pre-Tournament TV Coverage
    Sportsnet’s broadcast crews will be on-location, calling pre-tournament games from all around the world:

  • Coverage will be hosted by Amber, alongside Friedman and Kypreos from Sportsnet’s studio.
  • Paul Romanuk, Garry Galley and Christine Simpson – From Columbus to Ottawa and Pittsburgh, Sportsnet’s broadcast trio will cover four World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament games, including all of Team Canada’s pre-tournament games
  • Dave Randorf and Greg Millen – Travelling throughout Canada and the United States, Randorf and Millen will cover four pre-tournament matchups on Sportsnet
  • Kyle Bukauskas – Joining Randorf and Millen for two pre-tournament games featuring Team Europe and Team North America, Bukauskas will report from ice-level in Montreal and Quebec City
  • Irfaan Gaffar – Joins Randorf and Millen in Washington, D.C. to report for two pre-tournament games: Finland vs. USA and Sweden vs. Europe
  • Rick Ball and Hrudey – Play-by-play announcer Ball and game analyst Hrudey call two pre-tournament showdowns between Russia and the Czech Republic, live from Moscow and Prague
  • John Shorthouse and John Garrett – The Vancouver Canucks play-by-play team will be live in Helsinki and Gothenburg next week as they cover two pre-tournament games between Finland and Sweden
  • Sportsnet’s 2016 World Cup of Hockey Broadcast Schedule
    *Schedule subject to change
    ** All games will also be available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE; All games broadcast on Sportsnet are also available for streaming on Sportsnet NOW
    ***All radio broadcasts will be available for streaming at
    ****Panel Host: MacLean; Analysts: Friedman, Hrudey and Kypreos; Play-by-play: Hughson; Game Analyst: Simpson; Reporter: Oake

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